80 Class

 

Engenco locomotive 8044, Parkes, New South Wales, 18 April 2013.

Road numbers:

8004–5, 8007, 8011, 8025–6, 8030, 8033, 8037, 8039, 8044, 8046, 8049–50

 

Operator:

Greentrains (8026); Pacific National (8004–5, 8007, 8011, 8025, 8033, 8039, 8046, 8050); Qube Logistics (8030, 8037, 8044), Southern Shorthaul Railroad (8049)

 

Gauge:

1435 mm

 

Year of entry into service:

1978

 

Number built:

50

 

Model:

CE615

 

Manufacturer:

Commonwealth Engineering

 

Manufacturing location:

Granville, NSW

 

Engine:

Alco 251CE

 

Traction power:

1491 kW

 

Wheel arrangement:

Co-Co

 

Weight:

120.8 t

 

Length:

17.7 m

The 80 Class was introduced by the Public Transport Commission of New South Wales to provide freight service. They were the first class of locomotives in the state to have air-conditioned cabs, which made them favourable in the hot western areas of New South Wales. The last member of the class, 8050, was the final Alco-engined diesel locomotive to be built in Australia. They are now used in various duties with several operators, still mostly in New South Wales, but also interstate.